Mission: TO PROVIDE ENRICHING ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER.

Special Love Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1983, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.speciallove.org

  158 FRONT ROYAL PIKE STE 311
Winchester VA 22602-4324



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Special Love Inc. is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

73.45%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

19/19 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

4.23%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



JAN BRESCH, CEO

$132,438


MELISSA STEELE, PRESIDENT

$0


ED WHITE, PRESIDENT-ELECT

$0


MARY PROSSER ZIMMERMAN, SECRETARY

$0


MARIA KENNEY, TREASURER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Camp (BMF activity code: 325)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Special Love Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Where the COVID19 pandemic affected our programming, reducing expenses, it also cut out almost completely our largest fundraising event our Gala. We also have a number of community groups and individuals that hold events on behalf of our organization and those were cancelled completely. The vast unknown when it came to revenue caused some goals and projects to be delayed.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Special Love has three main programs: free camps, emergency financial assistance and educational scholarships. We could continue the second two programs, giving double what we normally do in a year to families requesting financial assistance in 2020, but camps were transformed. Maintaining good stewards of public health and not gathering, paired with working with an already vulnerable population made any type of in-person program impossible, so programs transitioned online. Special Love staff were able to work quickly and begin small online activities in March 2020 and successfully build on those activities. The team was able to create an entire week of camp online by sending the supplies needed for all activities to each camper and creating a shared online experience through WebEx services.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Though a challenge transitioning the camp programs online have been very successful. The volunteers who normally come out to our camp programs, which in a traditional year are held 11 out of 12 months in the year, really stepped up to help and was able to really bring the community together. The reach of our programs has also extended beyond Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC to include Utah, Arizonia and Illinois. As much as campers really enjoy canoeing or horseback riding they are also very aware of the relationships they have built and look forward to being there for each other, which we could also provide in a small way virtually.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The silver lining in virutal is that camp became the kitchen table, patio or even a hospital bed. We will carry the success of the virtual world we created in to future in-person camps allowing those children who are too sick in the hospital to still be a part of camp. This will include activities, video calls and interactions with friends.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Special Love Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Special Love Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$165,465

Spent in most recent FY

24%

Percent of program expenses


CAMP FANTASTIC - WEEKLONG CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER. IT'S A FUN-FILLED WEEK OF SWIMMING, CANOEING, HORSEBACK RIDING, MARSHMALLOW ROASTING, CAMPFIRE SINGING AND PILLOW FIGHTING. MEDICAL STAFF ARE P ... (More)


$136,916

Spent in most recent FY

20%

Percent of program expenses


BRASS ACTIVITIES - CAMP FOR THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER. WHILE THE PARENTS OF A YOUNG CANCER PATIENT UNDERSTANDABLY SPEND MUCH OF THEIR TIME FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF THEIR SICK CH ... (More)


$368,373

Spent in most recent FY

54%

Percent of program expenses


IN ADDITION TO CAMP FANTASTIC AND BRASS ACTIVITIES, SPECIAL LOVE OFFERS MANY WEEKENDS FOR THE FAMILIES AND CANCER PATIENTS TO CONNECT WITH OTHER PATIENTS AND RELAX. ADDITIONALLY, THE ORGANIZATION AWAR ... (More)


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Special Love Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


To provide a community of support for children with cancer and their families.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Support the childhood cancer journey


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Special Love serves families battling childhood cancer and the goal is to meet or exceed capacity (when possible) at all camp programs.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Virtual Camp: The goal is to establish the infrastructure and manpower needed to make the weeklong cancer camp a hybrid program with virtual capabilities.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: For many years Special Love had a program for families with a cancer patient under seven years old. The goal is to revive that program based on diagnosis numbers skewing younger.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Multiple members of the Special Love staff attend virtually or in-person the COCA (Children's Oncology Camping Association) Annual Conference.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

As a member of COCA, the Children's Oncology Camping Association a senior member of the Special Love staff serves on the committee to bestow "Gold Ribbon Certified" to those camps exceeding in expectations and service to children with cancer. Special Love's camp programs are also Golf Ribbon Certified. A representative from Special Love has presented at the annual COCA conference for many years speaking on topics including sibling programs, fundraising, team building and strategic planning. Special Love brings awareness to the entire childhood cancer community be recognizing awareness days via social media. Members of the Special Love staff and Board Members also contribute to their communities through social and civic organizations as well as our Executive Director serving as Chair of the local Nonprofit Alliance of Shenandoah Valley.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


March 2020 saw the Special Love team quickly adapt to a changing world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Special Love went virtual as all in-person programming was cancelled because of COVID-19. In just two weeks we developed and launched VOICE (Virtual Online In Home Camp Experience) to continue our mission. The pandemic was not going to stop us as we knew the harsh realities of the virus would make life even more challenging for our families, who were already dealing with the unthinkable heartache of childhood cancer. Both camps provided hours and days of fun and educational activities, games, virtual cabin chats, special guests, laughter, craziness, and most importantly, an escape from the confines and stress of the pandemic. Just like in-person camp does. Prior to camp, we sent all campers a “Camp in a Box” kit packed with everything they needed to participate in every activity. Campers from up and down the East Coast, across the country, and even across the Atlantic Ocean joined in the fun. Met with the same challenge in 2021, we again held all virtual programs and will continue until safe to reconvene in-person. In 2020, Special Love continued to help families dealing with financial hardships through our Kathy Russell Emergency Relief Fund. More families than ever before reached out for help. So much so that by June we had depleted our budgeted funds for the year, so the board commited more money. We provided 28 Kay/Moore Educational Scholarships to young cancer survivors who are ready to move past their cancer and on with their futures. VOICE started with virtual campfires, fun short videos, and small ways to stay connected, and grew into the launch of virtual BRASS Camp, which offered an entire month’s worth of fun activities. That was soon followed by virtual Camp Fantastic, bringing the joy of “camp” to not only campers confined at home, but those in the hospital as well. VOICE inspired the goal of having all future camps be hyrbid (virtual and in-person).

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

Special Love Inc. has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (100% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Not Scored


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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